1909 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1909 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates won the National League pennant with a record of 110–42 and their first World Series over the Detroit Tigers. Led by shortstop Honus Wagner and outfielder-manager Fred Clarke, the Pirates scored the most runs in the majors. Wagner led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and runs batted in. Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss opened the Pirates’ new ballpark, named Forbes Field, on June 30, 1909.[1]

The Pirates’ 110 wins remain a team record, a record they set in the last game of the season by beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 in muddy conditions on October 5. It is in fact the best regular season win percentage by any World Series winning team.

Regular season

Opening Day lineup

Season standings


Notable transactions

Roster

1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Gibson, GeorgeGeorge Gibson 150 510 135 .265 2 52
1B Abstein, BillBill Abstein 137 512 133 .260 1 70
2B Miller, DotsDots Miller 151 560 156 .279 3 87
3B Barbeau, JapJap Barbeau 91 350 77 .220 0 25
SS Wagner, HonusHonus Wagner 137 495 168 .339 5 100
OF Leach, TommyTommy Leach 151 587 153 .261 6 43
OF Clarke, FredFred Clarke 152 550 158 .287 3 68
OF Wilson, ChiefChief Wilson 154 569 155 .272 4 59

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Byrne, BobbyBobby Byrne 46 168 43 .256 0 7
Abbaticchio, EdEd Abbaticchio 36 87 20 .230 1 16
Hyatt, HamHam Hyatt 49 67 20 .299 0 7
Miller, WardWard Miller 15 56 8 .143 0 4

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Willis, VicVic Willis 39 289.2 22 11 2.24 95
Camnitz, HowieHowie Camnitz 41 283 25 6 1.62 133
Maddox, NickNick Maddox 31 203.1 13 8 2.21 56
Leifield, LeftyLefty Leifield 32 201.2 19 8 2.37 43

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Adams, BabeBabe Adams 25 130 12 3 1.11 65
Leever, SamSam Leever 19 70 8 1 2.83 23
Brandom, ChickChick Brandom 13 40.2 1 0 1.11 21
Frock, SamSam Frock 8 36.1 2 1 2.48 11
Powell, BillBill Powell 3 7.1 0 1 3.68 2

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Camnitz, HarryHarry Camnitz 1 0 0 0 4.50 1
Wacker, CharlieCharlie Wacker 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
Moore, GeneGene Moore 1 0 0 0 18.00 2

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Howie Camnitz

  • #2 in NL in wins (25)
  • #4 in NL in ERA (1.62)

Fred Clarke

  • #2 in NL in runs scored (97)
  • #4 in NL in on-base percentage (.384)

Tommy Leach

  • MLB leader in runs scored (126)

Dots Miller

  • #3 in NL in RBI (87)

Honus Wagner

  • NL leader in batting average (.339)
  • NL leader in RBI (100)
  • NL leader in on-base percentage (.420)
  • NL leader in slugging percentage (.489)
  • #3 in NL in runs scored (92)

Vic Willis

  • #4 in NL in wins (22)

1909 World Series

Main article: 1909 World Series

In the World Series, Pittsburgh faced the American League champion Detroit Tigers, led by triple crown winner Ty Cobb. The matchup was largely billed as one between the major leagues’ two superstars. Wagner thoroughly outplayed Cobb, and rookie Babe Adams won all three of his starts, as the Pirates won in seven games.

Game 1

October 8, 1909 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
Pittsburgh (NL) 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 X 4 5 0
W: Babe Adams (1–0)  L: George Mullin (0–1)
HR: PIT – Fred Clarke (1)

Game 2

October 9, 1909 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 9 3
Pittsburgh (NL) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
W: Bill Donovan (1–0)  L: Howie Camnitz (0–1)

Game 3

October 11, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 10 2
Detroit (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 6 11 5
W: Nick Maddox (1–0)  L: Ed Summers (0–1)

Game 4

October 12, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6
Detroit (AL) 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 5 8 0
W: George Mullin (1–1)  L: Lefty Leifield (0–1)

Game 5

October 13, 1909 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 6 1
Pittsburgh (NL) 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 X 8 10 2
W: Babe Adams (2–0)  L: Ed Summers (0–2)
HR: DETDavy Jones (1), Sam Crawford (1)  PITFred Clarke (2)

Game 6

October 14, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 3
Detroit (AL) 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 X 5 10 3
W: George Mullin (2–1)  L: Vic Willis (0–1)

Game 7

October 16, 1909 at Bennett Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh (NL) 0 2 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 8 7 0
Detroit (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
W: Babe Adams (3–0)  L: Bill Donovan (1–1)

Notes

References

  • 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Page at Baseball Almanac
Preceded by
Chicago Cubs
1908
National League Championship Season
1909
Succeeded by
Chicago Cubs
1910